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Samsung is one of the phone manufacturers that make a significant profit (the other being Apple), but this last quarter the South Korean giant experienced a downturn. The consolidated revenue came out to $44.7 billion, down from $56 billion in Q3 last year. The company marked its lowest profits since Q3 2011. The mobile division, which has been the most profitable part of Samsung in recent years, saw the biggest drop of 15% in sales. However, the bigger problem is that operating profit slid to $1,653 million, down from $4,179 million in Q2 this year and $6,350 million a year ago. Samsung points to a shift in the product mix - it was mostly cheap and mid-range handsets that sold in this quarter, which lead to a big drop in the Average Selling Price (ASP). The Galaxy S5 sales dropped off and the Galaxy Note 4 only came out too late in the quarter. Tablet sales improved with the launch of the Super AMOLED-packing Galaxy Tab S tablets, but sales in that segment was not nearly enough to compensate for the disappointing phone sales. Samsung expects sales of bot phones and tablets to pick up in the holiday quarter but increased competition will drive prices down. Samsung's TV business saw its profits hit almost zero due to lower ASP and higher prices of the display panels. UHD TVs and especially Curved TV shipments increased, but again not enough. Speaking of display panels, Samsung's OLED shipments were weak and strong LCD demand did not help, profits of this division also nearly zero. It's only Samsung's semiconductor business that posted increased sales and profits (both on a yearly and a quarterly basis). There was strong demand for DRAM and NAND storage for both mobile devices and PCs with increasing shipments of 20nm DRAM chips and 10nm/3-bit NAND. All this made the semiconductor business the most profitable division of Samsung. Source (PDF) |...


A Champagne gold color option of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch was briefly available on a pre-order on Amazon but it seems the product pages were pulled. The smartwatch was up with two strap sizes - 18mm (shown below) and a 23mm one, both matching the color and both metal. Motorola started shipping Moto 360s to owners in two color options - silver and black - and with only leather watchstraps, leaving the metal ones for the fall. Moto 360 in gold, 18mm strap It seems we're getting closer to the metal bands, which Motorola will soon offer with its smartwatch or as an accessory at $80 a piece. Moto 360 in gold, 23mm strap For those interested in the price, before Amazon pulled the product links, both the more feminine golden Moto 360 with 18mm strap and the golden Moto 360 with 23mm strap had a price tag of $299 with shipment expected in the 1 to 2 months range. Finally a silver Moto 360 with brown leather has surfaced but, again, was quickly pulled. Source 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |...


HTC is having a field day at the Chinese TENAA and following the certification of its Desire 816h, now the Desire 820us is the latest to visit the government agency. The HTC Desire 820us packs the latest MediaTek MT6752 chipset with an 8-core 64-bit CPU running at 1.7GHz and 2GB of RAM. The phone carries a similar design language to the HTC One (M8), but is much thinner at 157.7 x 74.4 x 7.74mm. The phone is built around a 5.5" 720p IPS display and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat. At the back, there's a 13MP camera with a distinctive and large glass covering the lens. Selfies are taken care by an 8MP shooter, which is likely to have a wide-angle lens akin to previous HTC models. There's an microSD card slot for expansion and the 16GB internal memory of the phone. TENNA lists the available colors as black, white, gray, blue, orange, green, pink. Sadly, it hasn't confirmed the battery capacity yet. We suspect the HTC Desire 820us to go on sale in China in the coming month or so. An international release could be on the cards, but there's no indication yet if this will happen. Source |...


Unannounced HTC Desire D816h made a visit to TENAA. The 5" smartphone appears to be a more compact version of the 5.5" HTC Desire 816 we already know. HTC Desire D816h features MediaTek MT6592 chipset with 1.7GHz octa-core CPU and a gig of RAM. The rest of its specs include 8GB of expandable memory, 8MP main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and Android 4.4.2. There's no LTE on board. Measures of HTC Desire D816h are 156.6×78.7×8 mm. Its weight tips the scale at 162 grams. We don't when will HTC Desire D816h debut just yet. We'll keep you posted when we find out. Source (in Chinese) |...


It appears that sales of Google Nexus 6 are off to a robust start. The Motorola-made Android 5.0 Lollipop phablet sold out in the United States several hours after it became available for pre-order. All memory and color configurations of the device are listed as out of inventory. There is no timeline on when will the device be available again. Google only prompts the shoppers to check back soon. Nexus 6 will be available from all major wireless carriers in the United States in the near future. Each service provider will announce pricing and availability separately. Earlier today, a word got out that the European pre-orders of the Nexus 6 have been delayed. The device will be available for pre-order on November 18 instead of November 3 in the UK and Netherlands. Source...


The Nexus 6 was announced a couple of weeks ago, alongside the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The first Nexus phablet is due to become available for pre-order in the US today, but so far there's been no word on when we should expect it in Europe. According to a report from the Netherlands, the Nexus 6 was initially supposed to go up for pre-order over there starting on November 3. However, that has now been postponed, with the new prospective date for the start of pre-orders being November 18. That's quite a delay, and we're only talking about getting the chance to pre-order a Nexus 6. We still have no indication as to when the device will start shipping - and that could be some weeks after the pre-orders start. It's unclear whether this information applies to the whole European continent. However, an online retailer from the UK has confirmed that it has received word from Motorola saying that pre-orders won't start before November 18. With two countries already affected by the delay, we assume the situation is the same in the other big EU markets. So if you're in Europe, even if you do pre-order one, it's entirely possible that you'll only receive your Nexus 6 in December. That's perhaps later than many had hoped. Over in the Eurozone, the phone should start at €569, according to past leaks. Source 1 (in Dutch) • Source...


Samsung's incredibly oft-leaked Galaxy A series is going to get official pretty soon, it seems. A new report from the company's home country of South Korea claims that the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 smartphones will go on sale at some point in November. The three handsets have so far been rumored to emulate the design of the Galaxy Alpha (pictured below), which uses a metal frame. On the other hand, the A series consists of low-end and mid-range offerings, so they will be more affordable. Interestingly, Samsung is said to challenge Xiaomi with these models, releasing them on the Chinese market. By one account, Xiaomi has already become the world's third biggest smartphone maker, following Samsung and Apple, and that's mostly thanks to its sales in China. Obviously Samsung can't just sit idly by and watch as its numbers in China start collapsing, so apparently the A series was created to compete head-on with Xiaomi's products, which are known for pairing decent specs with incredibly low prices. While the A3, A5, and A7 may have the decent specs, we're not sure they will be cheap enough to make a name for themselves in the notoriously competitive Chinese market. Samsung reportedly thinks that these three devices are equal in terms of specs to Chinese smartphones which cost around $475, but that's quite exaggerated. Source 1 • Source 2 |...


A couple of days ago OnePlus took pre-orders for the One smartphone for the first time ever. Things went anything but smooth, though. The company extended the pre-order time frame from one hour to three, but apparently that still didn't allow everyone who wanted to pre-order the phone to do that. So there's going to be a new round of pre-orders next month, on November 17 to be exact. They will start at 3 pm GMT, though it's unclear how many hours you'll have to get your pre-order through. OnePlus' first attempt at doing the pre-order thing resulted in "tens of thousands" of handsets now being on the way to people. However, there were many problems too, since OnePlus' servers "had difficulty with the surge of traffic". Obviously, the company is promising to take steps to make sure that something like this won't happen during the next round of pre-orders. In fact, OnePlus says that by waiting a few weeks, it will have more time to prepare the necessary phone stock as well as implement the infrastructure changes needed so that everything goes...


The Developer Edition of Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now available to purchase. You can only get it online, and just if you buy straight from Samsung's Web store. It will cost you though. This Note 4 model is priced at $699.99 outright, and there's no way to grab one with a two-year contract or on an installment plan. The Developer Edition SKU is identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that you can buy from Verizon, with one crucial difference - it has an unlockable bootloader. That's probably only going to be of interest for developers, hence why it's called the Developer Edition. The Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for Verizon first got listed by Samsung's website last week, and now you can already buy it if you want to. Source |...


Motorola may have already divorced Google, but the relationship still bears fruit and most recently we've seen the Nexus 6. The first Nexus phablet and the first Nexus by Motorola closely follows the Moto X (2014) design language and brings many of...


Early this month Fiksu reported that iOS 8 adoption is slower than the gains demonstrated by iOS 6 and 7 in their first weeks after launch. Apple launched iOS 8.1 (which adds Apple Pay and Continuity) and the good news is that version 8.x is now on over half of the devices. The bad news is that Apple's developer page points to 52% adoption of the latest iOS branch, that's 13% or so more than three weeks ago. That's starting from just under 40% adoption after the first three weeks of availability, then at the iPad event Tim Cook announced the number had grown to 48%. However, that was two weeks ago meaning iOS 8.x adoption grew only 2% a week since then. Over the next month it will become clear if people were just waiting for the 8.1 goodies or prefer not to update at all. The botched 8.0.1 update certainly put some people off (it interfered with the fingerprint sensor and even mobile connectivity). That has since been fixed but the jump to iOS 8 still requires plenty of free storage - as much as 5GB, which is painful for those on 16GB devices. Apple's 2014 devices still start at 16GB, which is sure to be an issue when iOS 9 comes around. Source | Via (in...


A 24k gold Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now available for purchase in Vietnam. Every piece of metal (including the grills) is coated in gold by local aficionados of the noble metal. The process takes 4-5 hours of continuous work per unit and, according to a rough translation, costs about $1100 (VND 24 million) to make. The price doesn't include the cost of the Galaxy Note 4 itself, though, you'll have to spend an extra $900 (VND 19 million) for the phablet. While we would have liked to see the Vietnamese company bathe the white version of the Galaxy Note 4 in gold, the black one looks nice as well. You can see the process in video below. The phone is distributed by Golden Mobile in Vietnam, showing the thirst for gold-plated phones is a global affair. Source |...


The new Motorola Droid Turbo garnered great interest but as a Verizon-exclusive it felt out of reach. Now Motorola is sending out invites for a November 5 event to announce a global rollout. The invite doesn't call out the device by name but the corner of the back shows Droid Turbo's characteristic Ballistic Nylon back. Rumors are for a name change to Moto Maxx, resurrecting the Maxx brand, which is associated with some of the most long-lasting batteries in the smartphone history. It's a fitting name too, the Droid Turbo packs a 3,900mAh battery, which can soak up 8 hours' worth of battery life in just 15 minutes thanks to the Turbo Charger. Other specs include one of the sharpest displays yet, a 5.2" QHD AMOLED, a Snapdragon 805 chipset and a 21MP/2160p camera. Check out our hands-on for more details. Motorola has already filed for a "Moto Maxx" trademark in the US and is planning a Brazil announcement, so the phone should see a proper global rollout, including alternative US carriers. Source (in...


Huawei announced the Honor 6 back in the summer, but it's only now that the phone enters in the European market. Starting tomorrow, the phone will launch in the UK and select European markets. Amazon UK will offer the phone for £229, while in continental Europe it will cost €269. That's a lot less than the phone's main competitors from Samsung, LG and Apple. The specs of the phone are also impressive. The Honor 6 is just 7.5mm thin and sports a 5" 1080p display and a 3000mAh battery. The phone is powered by the company's home-brewed Kirin 920 chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, plus Mali-T624. The Kirin 920 supports LTE Cat. 6 for up to 300Mbps downlink speeds. The new chipset runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Emotion UI 2.3. The Huawei Honor 6 packs a 13MP camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing camera is a 5MP shooter with 1.4µm pixels, 88° FoV and f/2.4 aperture. The back camera has a dual-LED flash. Source |...


After the Oppo N3 cameraphone, the company unveiled its first 64-bit smartphone, which is coincidentally also its thinnest yet. The Oppo R5 measures just 4.85mm thick, the "slimmest phone in the world," Oppo claims. The company has shaved quite a bit of thickness compared to the 6.3mm Oppo R3. The frame of the phone is made of 3D-welded aluminum alloy. The frame has been hand-polished and measures just 4mm thick. The other measurements are 148.9 x 74.5mm (that's rather tall for a 5.2" device) and the weight is 155g. Anyway, the Oppo R5 has a 5.2" AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution (423ppi). The company is promising the best brightness, lowest reflectivity and highly accurate colors. The R5 will launch with Android 4.4-based Color OS 2.0. It's powered by Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm's mid-range octa-core chipset. It features an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor at 1.5GHz, which is paired with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. Oppo has created a special cooling element made from liquid-metal and phase-change materials to take heat away from the chipset. Oppo R5 lifestyle photos The back camera features the 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture, while the front camera is a 5MP shooter. As you can see though, the back camera sticks out quite a bit. Anyway, it can record 2160p video at 30fps and 1080p@60fps, plus a 120fps slow-motion mode (at 720p). Despite being so thin, the Oppo R5 packs a 2,000mAh Li-Polymer battery, which will be quick to top up thanks to the VOOC mini rapid charge tech support. Connectivity starts off at 2G GPRS and goes up to TDD/FDD LTE. There's also Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0. There's one thing missing - a 3.5mm audio jack. We suppose it's because the R5 is so thin, but you either have to use the wireless O-Music accessory for streaming or a microUSB to audio jack adapter (one is included in the retail package). The Oppo R5 will go on sale for $499 though we don't have an exact launch date yet. But you are welcomed to check our first impressions of the Oppo R5 right...


Oppo's event has finally commenced and the star of the show is the successor to the Oppo N1, the Oppo N3 with yet another rotating camera module on the top, flaunting precision optics. The Oppo N3 is a phablet just like its predecessor and just like...


At a special event in Singapore, Oppo announced the N3 cameraphone. The successor to the N1 sports a 16MP motorized camera allowing it to track objects as they move. The sensor is 1/2.3" in size and the pixel size is 1.34micrometer. The camera uses Schneider Kreuznach-certified lens to round up an impressively sounding package. The mechanized camera rotates up to 206 degrees and it moves automatically when shooting panoramas and making selfies for example. Panoramas are shot in up to 64MP resolution. The fingerprint sensor at the back also allows you to protect your images immediately after taking them with a single swipe. Just like its successor, the camera on the Oppo N3 rotates 206 degrees. More features include slow shutter, ultra macro mode,after focus, manual control as well as shooting in RAW. All of these features come as a part of what Oppo calls Ultra image 2.0. The N3's 16MP shoots 4K video @ 30 fps, 1080p video @ 60 fps, 720p slow motion video @ 120 fps. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. USB OTG is also supported. Under the hood of the Oppo N3, there's a rather dated Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AA) with a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400. At we see a 5.5" display of 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 400ppi. RAM is 2GB and internal storage is 32GB. A dual-SIM version of the phone will also be available down the road. The Oppo N3's 3,000mAh Li-Po battery supports the company's VOOC rapid charging tech and can recharge from 0 to 75% in just 30 minutes or get enough juice for 2 hours of talking in just 5 minutes. The VOOC charger has also been updated and is now half the height of the old one. The phone measures 161.2 x 77 x 9.9mm and weighs 192 grams. There's also a notification light below the N3 screen, just like the Oppo Find 7. The company has updated the software behind it dubbing it Notification light 2.0. In addition, the cool O-Click accessory also got a new version. It is more stylish than before and also more comfortable to use. The Oppo N3 will retail for $649 off-contract and will start selling in 20 regions worldwide by the end of...


LG had a record-breaking quarter, mostly on the back of its smartphone division. It sold 16.8 million smartphones, a record for the company, and the phone division saw the best revenue and operating income since the third quarter of 2009. In the third quarter of this year, the LG Mobile Communications Company recorded revenue of $4.14 billion and made an operating income of $163 million on that. LG credits the success of its G Series and L III Series for this third consecutive quarter of growth. The numbers may not sound like much (it's matched by Huawei and beaten by Xiaomi), but LG is growing quick - smartphone sales for the quarter increased 39% compared to Q3 last year and 16% compared to Q2. The other divisions of LG saw their revenue decrease a bit, but they have trimmed some fat. The LG Home Entertainment Company brought in $4.59 billion in revenue (down 3% year on year) and earned $127 million (up 5% year on year). The improved margin is thanks to a better product mix, LG expects 4K UHD TVs to continue to grow. The LG Home Appliances Company saw revenue dropped slightly (to $2.84 billion) and a lower operating profit ($50.5 million). The Air Conditioning & Energy Solution company is LG's smallest division, bringing in $902 million in revenue and posting an operating loss of $2.44 million. All told LG has revenues of $14.54 billion (up 7.4% year over year) and an operating profit of $449 million, more than double what LG managed in Q3 last...


Huawei announced the mid-range Honer 4X smartphone. The previously leaked, dual-SIM handset is available for pre-order in China for CNY 1,299 ($212). Shipments are set to begin next week, on November 6. Huawei Honor 4X features 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset and 2GB of RAM. There's 8GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The device's display is a 5.5" unit with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A 13MP Sony-made main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and 3,000 mAh battery are also among the highlights of the device's spec sheet. The battery is advertised as being capable of providing up to 72 hours of use. Huawei Honor 4X runs Android 4.4 KitKat, dressed in the company's EMUI 3.0. Its body is 7.9mm thin. We don't know if the newly announced smartphone will make it outside of its home market just yet. Source (in Chinese) |...

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